Tourism in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan – the land where dreams come true and the voice of waterfalls along with tender purling whisper of rivers will call you here again and again… Where sun tells the fables and night explodes by the falling stars that fulfill all your wishes.
The territory of Kyrgyzstan is almost entirely mountainous, making it a perfect destination for many different kinds of trekking. Kyrgyzstan’s mountains also boast many natural hot springs, and Lake Issyk-Kul, the second largest alpine lake in the world (after Lake Titicaca) offers many beautiful beaches for relaxing and swimming during the summer.

Kyrgyzstan is made up of seven different regions, Chui, where the capital, Bishkek, is located, Talas, Issyk-Kul, Naryn, Jalal-Abad, Osh and Batken. Culturally, Chui and Issyk-Kul are by far the most Russified areas of the country. Naryn and Talas contain the most traditionally Kyrgyz populations, while Jalal-Abad, Osh and Batken enjoy a strong Uzbek influence on both their culture and language.

Bishkek is the capital, the heart and soul of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as its political, economic, scientific and cultural center and main transportation hub. Its territory measures 160 sq km, with a population of about 1 million. Bishkek is situated in the center of the Chu valley, at the foot of snow capped Kyrgyz mountains of the Ala-Too range, 750 meters above sea level.

The city’s main feature is strict street planning, in which streets only intersect at right angles to each other. Its streets are lined with trees and shrubs of 150 varieties.

As a center of international tourism in Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek offers many sights for visitors. The main and favorite place to rest and walk for travelers and guests of the capital is the center of Bishkek, where a great many museums, galleries, shops, parks, public gardens, squares, restaurants and cafes are located.

Oak park is one of the favorite places for citizens to relax, where it is always cool under the dense crowns of trees, and cute and frisky squirrels scurry on the ground. Oak park is kind of open air sculptural museum. Sculptures made of stone, iron and wood are placed one by one and in groups along the park’s alleys, paths and lawns.

“Bishkek open exhibition” which adjoins oak park, is the main gallery of Erkindik Boulevard, where one can admire the works of local painters and craftsmen. Behind the gallery is the main square of the country, Ala-Too Square. The Government House, made of white marble, is also located there.

The Eastern bazaar is one of the most colorful sights of Bishkek, as in any other Central Asian city, where in any season a variety of fruits and goods from all over the world is on offer. Bishkek is a center of the national culture of Kyrgyzstan, and the place where the Republic’s supreme elected bodies, foreign embassies and representations, and mosques and Orthodox cathedrals are located. There are representative offices of many large international companies in the city.

Along with its unique nature, Kyrgyzstan is of interest to foreigners for its history. More than five thousand historic and cultural monuments from ancient times have been found on the territory of the Republic. Priceless preservers of ancient culture are of great intellectual importance, including cave dwellings of primitive humans and runic writings on stones, wonderful petroglyphs and stone sculptures, ruins of antique settlers and medieval castles, which impress all with their rationality and high level of mastery. The Great Silk Route passed through the territory of contemporary Kyrgystan, and along the Route settlers and caravanserais appeared; their ruins can be visited today.

The biggest and the most important archeological and architectural monuments are: Suleiman-mountain, Uzgen architectural complex, tower of Burana, Shakh-Fazil mausoleum, and caravansarai Tash-Rabat. Nobody will remain unimpressed after having a look at these historic monuments. Contemporary architecture is represented by architectural ensembles in the cities. Wonderful public buildings, apartments, industrial buildings, squares and parks have been built for the people, in the name of the people. Original architectural design and use of national traditions represent the unique character of Kyrgyzstan’s cities. Guests of the Republic can familiarize themselves with the unique culture of the Kyrgyz and their interesting customs and traditions, try national dishes and purchase the famous souvenirs of the amateur folk-art industry.

Travelers will enjoy sightseeing both in the south and north parts of the Republic. There are many historical monuments which are worth seeing around Lake Issyk-Kul. The city of Karakol (earlier named Przhevalsk) is really an open air museum. A Mosque which was built without a single nail, a Russian Orthodox Church, and a Buddhist temple are the most famous sights of the city.

Recreational tourism
Over 90% of Kyrgyzstan lies above 1,500 m with unspoiled countryside and the primordial beauty of towering mountains, which give Kyrgyzstan more than 28 thousand rivulets, sparkling streams and crystal clear brooks. There are 1,923 large and small lakes in the Republic but the largest and best known is Issyk-Kul Lake.

Cultural & Eco-Tourism
Kyrgyzstan is one of the last few unpolluted places on our planet that along with its beautiful alpine scenery has preserved its nomadic traditions, rich heritage and cultural continuity that date back many thousands of years. The ecological wealth and diversity and the cultural heritage of Kyrgyzstan are suited to understanding man’s relationship with nature. Living in a mainly mountainous country, the Kyrgyz people have always moved great distances according to a way of life requiring seasonal migrations.

Located on the Great Silk Road Kyrgyzstan has always been a crossroads of trade and cultural exchanges between China, Iran, India and the Arabian Sea and has become home for more than 80 nationalities and ethnic communities, including Kyrgyz, Russians, Ukrainians, Uzbeks, Germans, Tatars, Kazakhs, Uigurs and Tajiks. As a multinational state Kyrgyzstan has a rich variety of languages, literature, folklore, arts, crafts, customs and communities that lend colour and variety to Kyrgyz culture. The Kyrgyz Republic firmly upholds the equality of all communities; the official languages are Russian and Kyrgyz, yet Russian is the common language of all the various groups.

Kyrgyzstan has number of good hotels with all necessary facilities and comfort in Bishkek and the Issyk-Kul region where conferences, presentations etc. can be organized.

This block of tours includes an active tourism like the high-altitude ascents to the 7 thousands summits, climbing, biking tours along the crystal clear mountain lake Issyk-Kul, motor-tours, horseback-riding through the high passes and Alpine meadows, you will ride across virgin natural landscapes of Tien-Shan high mountainous area covered with edelweiss’s, primulas, high mountainous roses and tulips. Also we provide the travel opportunities for adventure tours and trekking expeditions around Kyrgyzstan.
Issyk-Kul
Is the world second largest mountain lake, the largest being Lake Titicaca in South America, and is first in terms of depth and volume of water. And it lies at 1,608 m. above sea level. Issyk-Kul is unique in that dozens of rivers fall into it but none flows out. The wooded mountain slopes around it are populated by wolves and bears, graceful gazelles and magnificent elks.
The lake’s water is famous for its curative properties, and some of its springs contain mineral substances that have unique medicinal value. As a health resort Issyk-Kul ranks among such well-known health-building areas as the Crimea, the Caucasus and the Baltic region. The waters of Issyk-Kul remain unbelievably blue against the snowy peaks of the Ala-Too Mountains. Issyk-Kul remains the one of nature’s wonders, the “Pearl of the Ala-Too” the Kyrgyz Mountains.

 

AMBASSADOR OF THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC:

KYLYCHBEK K. SULTAN

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